PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University field hockey team will make its seventh post-season appearance in the past eight years this week with an appearance in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.
The eighth-seeded Panthers (10-8) will travel to top-seeded University of Southern Maine (15-7) this Wednesday, Nov. 7, for a first-round game (2:00 p.m.) The other first round games on Wednesday include second-seed Bridgewater State College (13-6) hosting seventh-seed Endicott College (11-6) at 2:00 p.m.; fourth-seeded Wheaton College (13-6) hosting fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's College of Maine (12-6) at 2:00 p.m.; and third-seeded Nichols College (15-6) hosting sixth-seeded Castleton State College (12-6) at 4:00 p.m.
The first-round winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the highest remaining seeds. The winner of Southern Maine/Plymouth State will face the winner of Wheaton/Saint Joseph's while the winner of Bridgewater State/Endicott will play the winner of Nichols/Castleton State in the other semifinal. The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the championship at the highest remaining seed.
Wednesday's game will be the third meeting of the season between PSU and USM. Plymouth State won the regular season contest in Plymouth, 3-1, on Oct. 18, but Southern Maine defeated the Panthers, 3-2 in overtime, last Thursday in Gorham, Maine, in the semifinals of the Little East Conference Tournament.
Plymouth State, led by eighth-year head coach Bonnie Lord, received the ECAC berth after finishing in third place in the Little East in the regular season with an 8-3 mark. The Panthers won their LEC first-round game but were knocked out by USM in the semis. Southern Maine, led by 10th-year head coach Bonny Brown-Denico, earned the top seed after finishing second in the LEC regular season and advancing to the LEC championship game, where they were defeated in overtime by Keene State, 2-1.
PSU is making its 12th ECAC post-season appearance. The Panthers' previous selections came in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2005, with their two championships coming in 1987 and 2004.
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